, NAIROBI Kenya, Dec 30- Vote-counting was underway in Nyaribari Chache constituency after the close of polling centres, in a by-election seen to be a contest of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), FORD-People and The National Alliance (TNA) party.
With 85 polling stations released out of 110 stations as at 7.54 pm, ODM Candidate Chris Bichage was leading with 7703 votes followed by FORD-People candidate Richard Tongi with 7314.
TNA’s Robert Monda who was at some point leading had garnered 6627 votes.
James Kenani of the National Labour Party (NLP) was fourth with 629 votes, Benson Mogaka of the Kenya Social Congress (KSC) 509 votes, John Omanga of KANU with 366 votes, Rael Otundo of Narc Kenya had 227 votes followed by Jared Matundura of the Kenya National Congress (KNC) who had garnered 53 votes.
Douglas Marwa of The National Vision Party (NVP) was trailing with 22 votes.
The by-election was characterised by a low voter turn out in most centres, across the constituency that has 58,164 registered voters.
Despite claims of voter bribery which led to the arrest of three people, IEBC officials say the exercise was largely successful with no major hitches experienced.
The three who include a brother to one of the contestants have been freed on a 20,000 shilling bond each.
The seat fell vacant, after the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier High Court ruling, nullifying the March 4th election victory, of immediate former MP Bichage, of ODM.